Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 2024 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8706 times:
Probably I'm the uninformed guy of the school with this ( not the first time ), but I had no idea about the existence of C-130 frames flying as civil aircraft, I always had the impression the Hercules was only operated by Military Forces, Coast Guard, etc. Here is a video of a LYNDEN Air Cargo flying in formation between the mountains in Alaska.
( By the way, that flight looks REALLY CLOSE sometimes )
Are there any other company operating the type as a freighter ( or any civilian use ) somewhere ?
One is ex-Pacific Western Airlines. They acquired several in the 1960s/70s and operated them on charter services all over the world. The other First Air aircraft was acquired from South African cargo operator Safar a few years ago.
tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1910 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8316 times:
Lynden occasionally wanders down to the lower 48 and flies some ad hoc freight. Talked to their pilots here and there, seems like a really good group of guys. Fly all over the world in those things, such a versatile airplane. Great video!
atlengineer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8273 times:
Quoting tb727 (Reply 9): Lynden occasionally wanders down to the lower 48 and flies some ad hoc freight. Talked to their pilots here and there, seems like a really good group of guys. Fly all over the world in those things, such a versatile airplane. Great video!
About 2 years ago, DL had an MD-88 at Grand Caman that needed an engine change. They hired Lynden to fly to ATL, pick up the replacement engine, fly it to Grand Caman, and fly the old engine back to ATL.
Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 2024 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8195 times:
Quoting N747PE (Reply 7): These C130's are the life blood for parts and supplies for the north alaskian oil field once the ice road has melted.
Now that you mention the Ice roads, the other day I was watching Flying Wild Alaska ( Discovery Theater HD ), and I laughed for about ten minutes after one of the pilots doing a difficult landing said : " Mothers of the ice truckers don't give them permission to come here "..
I would pay a thousand dollars to see the face of the History Channel's manager hearing that !!!
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30172 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8145 times:
There have been quite a few Herk operators in Alaska.
Right now the only current one is Lyndon. As mentioned they fly up here, they do a bunch of flying down in New Guinea and do a bunch of charter work.
Other previous operators up here where Red Ball Avaition, Alaska International Air (AIA), Markair and the aforemention Alaska Airlines. Alaska got rid of these when Bruce Kennedy started to clean up shop after Charles Willis was forced out in the early 1970's. They where bought for pipeline work and the delays meant payments the airline couldn't afford at the time.
AIA was the big operator up here during the pipeline construction. Somewhere there is a photo of a 2nd grade L-188 sitting in the pilots seat. They ended up getting asorbed by Markair which operated them until Niel Berght drove them into the ground in 93.
Just as and FYI, the stretched -30 L-100 and C-130's where orginially developed as a civilian airlifter. Lockheed streatched them long enough so that they would be able to hold three complete RB.211 engines, oddly enough the same number of motors that needed to be installed on the L-1011 Tristar. The plane was intened to be the prime mover to bring those engines over from england for the production line. The original C-130 was intended to be the same size as a 40' boxcar, which was a pretty common railcar size back then.
BTW, Prudhoe isn't dependent on the 130, the road is open year long albeit with lower permissiable weights.
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woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1036 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7940 times:
Hercs are by no means the life blood of rural Alaska, Lynden is the only operator and their Hercs only show up here occasionally for outsized jobs. My dear friend's husband has flown Hercs for Lynden for 35 years and the bulk of his work is in New Guinea and SE Asia in support of oil field construction and support. He rotates in and out of flying down there and flies very little in Alaska. The lifeblood of rural Alaska is still Evert's DC-6s and DC-9-30Fs and NAC's 732s and to a lesser extent Evert's C-46s. We do see the Lynden Hercs up here every now and then but its not an every day thing!